Chapter 5. Implementing Services

This chapter explores a few of the options in Ruby for implementing services. Specifically, in this chapter, you will implement a service from the social feed reader application with Rails, Sinatra, and as a basic Rack application. Implementing the same functionality in all these frameworks will help reveal the differences in these choices and the possible strengths and weaknesses of each.

The Rails framework provides an option that most readers are familiar with for complete web applications. Rails supplies a lot of innate functionality, but at the cost of speed and extra code and complexity that isn’t necessary in smaller services. Rails is a good place to start, but you should examine other frameworks to see ...

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